Minium Red Lead - 50ml

£27.95

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I think with Rublevs range of paints it would be possible to recreate Rembrandt's palette in its entirety, here is another constituent of that palette, quite probably used in the Rembrandt self portrait opposite.

Red Lead, despite the name is visually an orange, similar to a Cadmium Orange, highly opaque with staggering covering power, dating back to very early times perhaps even to the time of the Romans, it is based on lead tetroxide which is an oxidation product of lead.

Rublev - "Minium is liable to discolor in the presence of hydrogen sulfide, which is present in air pollution. It may also react when mixed with sulfide pigments, such as cadmium pigments. In oil paint it is fairly permanent, however, some have noted that when mixed with white lead, it tends to fade rather than turn dark. Red lead oil paint dries the quickest of all pigments and for this reason we use only 98% lead tetroxide, add a small amount of clay (less than 5%) and make only small batches to avoid hardening in the tube."

Technical Overview

Colour Index: Pigment Red 30
Chemical Name: Lead tetroxide
Chemical Formula: Pb3O4
 
Opacity: Opaque
Tinting Strength: Average
Drying rate: Fast

 

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